Mbete says sorry for calling Malema a cockroach

2015-02-18 16:34
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete. (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete. (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

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Cape Town - Parliamentary Speaker Baleka Mbete on Wednesday apologised for remarks made at the weekend where she referred to EFF leader Julius Malema as a cockroach.

In an offical ANC statement, Mbete said she withdraws her remarks unreservedly.

She said she had concluded that her remarks were inappropriate after thinking long and hard about it.

She apologised unconditionally to South Africans, to Parliament, and to Malema.

According to a News24 report, Mbete, addressing the party in the North West's eighth provincial congress on Saturday, said, "If we don’t work we will continue to have cockroaches like Malema roaming all over the place".

Malema later claimed that Mbete was calling for his assassination. He said "I think Baleka is calling for my assassination.

"If I am killed tomorrow people must know I was killed by Baleka and the ANC... We know what happened to people who were called cockroaches in Rwanda.

"I am not scared. I am not used by third forces. Member of the EFF must also ready themselves [to fight back]," a News24 report said.

The SA Human Rights Commission had earlier today confirmed that it received a complaint about Mbete's comments, alleging hate speech and incitement to violence.
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